Vogue has named Toronto’s Queen Street West the second-hippest district in the world.
In a study of the globe’s 15 coolest neighbourhoods, the magazine ranks the Canadian district as second only to Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa.
“Toronto is currently enjoying newfound prominence – and desirability – amongst globe-trotting tastemakers,” Vogue’s Nick Remsen writes on the magazine’s website.
“Queen Street West is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries – hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed,” he said, highlighting the publication’s September issue.
“It’s also the home of the Museum of Contemporary Canadian art, well-established ‘art’ hotels The Drake and the Gladstone, and the charming Bicyclette, a local clothing boutique and lifestyle brand whose owners love ‘glitter, DIY projects, treasure hunts and details,” it adds.
“Soho House Toronto is nearby, as is Grafitti Alley a block where street art is both 100-per-cent legal and lauded.”
(It’s also a few blocks north of The Globe And Mail, but the magazine failed to mention that.)
So what does Tokyo’s Shimokitazawa have that Toronto doesn’t?
“The area has all the nuance and niche of pop Japanese culture, without the neon and the frenzy.”
After Toronto come Stockholm’s Södermalm, Singapore’s Tiong Bahru, São Paulo’s Centro, Canal Saint-Marin in Paris, New York’s Bushwick, Milan’s Brera, Miami’s Wynwood, Zona Rosa and La Condesa of Mexico City, Melbourne’s Fitzroy, the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, London’s Hackney, Berlin’s Kreuzberg, and the Dashanzi Art District in Beijing.